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Tar and Roses

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502 (SE Corner of 6th Street)
+1 310-587-0700
17:30 - 21:30
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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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225 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tar & Roses is a spot that comes up a lot if you search for top places to eat in Santa Monica or LA. We got a late reservation and checked back and they were able to move us up due to a change in a booking. Phone staff was nice. It was only a short walk from our hotel... More 

Thank smokeater55
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great name and a great location in Santa Monica! However, I found the food to be MEH. It seemed overly complicated and simply not very tasty, like they got the balance of spices to the quantities just wrong. It should have been much better especially for the price. I won't be returning, and I don;t mind paying Melisse... More 

Thank Melissa D
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tar and roses proved to be a amazing experience! We were two couples and each ordered main dishes that we shared! The food was amazing and the service was excellent.

Thank Naabsi
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Andrew Kirshner of Food Network Fame’s brainchild featuring Moroccan influenced fire grilled meats and fish, local greens, small plate–heavy, farm-to-table.

Thank Vitina S
Chicago, Illinois
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84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting the area for our daughter's 17th birthday and she picked this restaurant based upon the menu. The food was very good, our server was excellent, it was a little dark but that's cool. The server point it is towards a really nice glass of wine, once I realized it was 17 bucks a glass I probably should've... More 

Thank 1KirstenV
Houston, Texas
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67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Restaurant is downtown Santa Monica, lots parking. The food was amazing, I recommend the softshell crab. Also, surprisingly, the sweet potatoes were amazing. Service was excellent, when in Santa Monica you should visit this restaurant first.

Thank Anna C
McLean VA
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245 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was impressed by the quality of the preparation here. We ordered a selection of dishes -- beet carpaccio, bone marrow, roasted asparagus, venison, dessert -- and all were excellent. The suggested wine was very good too. The restaurant has an easy-going, informal vibe but the food (often roasted over wood fires) was quite sophisticated.

Thank geldolphMcLeanVA
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the service to the unbelievable menu, Tar and Roses is our go to restaurant when we visit Santa Monica. The seasonable menu does not disappoint!

Thank Coach E
Santa Monica
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

I think this restaurant is somewhat overrated. I've been there six times. I kept going back because others like it and thought I was missing something. The worst salmon I've ever had. They are more meat oriented I know. And there is always quite a wait.

1 Thank SantaMonicaSaralee
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I live a block away from this fabulous restaurant. It's a tad pricey and I love to cook -- otherwise, I would be here for dinner every night of the week! The menu is varied and the wine and beer list, extensive. Love to get several small plates to try. Do not pass up the oxtail dumplings -- they are... More 

Thank Maureen S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502
    (SE Corner of 6th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-587-0700
Centered around a wood burning oven, Tar & Roses serves up farmers market dishes with global influences.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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